**"I Can" Common Core!**

__Reading__

**I Can Read and Understand Fourth Grade Fiction**

I can explain a story by referring to details and examples in the text.

I can make conclusions about an author’s meaning by thinking about the details and examples in the text (drawing conclusions).

I can figure out the theme of a piece of fiction by thinking about the details in the text.

I can summarize a piece of fiction in my own words.

I can use specific details in a story to help me describe a character, setting or event in the story.

I can figure out the meanings of words and phrases an author uses.

I can understand words that may be derived from characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).

I can write and talk about the differences between poems, plays and fictional stories.

I can refer to specific elements of poems (verse, rhythm, meter) and plays (characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when I write or talk about a piece of fiction.

I can compare and contrast different stories by thinking about the different points of view.

I can tell the difference between first- and third- person narrators.

I can make connections between a written text and a dramatic interpretation of the same text.

I can compare and contrast similar themes and events in stories, myths and traditional literature from different cultures.

**I Can Read and Understand Fourth Grade Nonfiction**

I can explain what a piece of nonfiction teaches me by referring to details and examples in the text.

I can figure out the main idea in nonfiction by thinking about the details in the text.

I can summarize a piece of nonfiction in my own words.

I can explain why and how events, procedures, ideas or concepts in historical, scientific or technical texts happened by using the information presented.

I can understand the meanings of words and phrases in fourth grade science and social studies texts.

I can describe how various forms of nonfiction are structured (e.g., time order, comparison, cause & effect or problem & solution).

I can compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic.

I can interpret and use information from charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations or other internet presentations to understand nonfiction.

I can explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.

I can use information from two different texts on the same topic to help me write or speak knowledgeably about the topic.

**I Can Analyze Words and Use Phonics to Help Me Read Fourth Grade Words**

I can read and understand root words that also have prefixes or suffixes.

I can read unfamiliar words that have more than one syllable.

**I Can Read With the Fluency and Accuracy it Takes to Understand Fourth Grade Texts**

I can use context to check my understanding of fourth grade text, and reread if necessary.

__Language__

**I Can Use What I Know About Grammar When I Write and Speak**

I can use relative pronouns (who, whose, whom, which, that) and relative adverbs (where, when, why) correctly when I speak or write.

I can correctly write and use progressive verb tenses (e.g., I was talking, I am talking, I will be talking).

I can use auxiliary words to show different conditions (e.g., can, may, must).

I can correctly order adjectives within sentences according to conventional standard English.

I can correctly write and use prepositional phrases.

I can write complete sentences.

I can recognize inappropriate sentence fragments and run on sentences.

I can correctly use frequently confused words (e.g., to, too, two; their & there).

I can correctly use capitalization in all of my writing.

I can use commas and quotation marks appropriately in dialogue.

I can correctly use a comma and conjunction when connecting two simple sentences.

I can use an appropriate reference to help me spell fourth grade words.

**I Can Use What I Know About Language in Different Situations**

I can choose interesting words and phrases to help others understand my ideas better.

I can choose various punctuation to help me convey different moods

I can figure out when I need to use formal speech and when I can use informal speech.

**I Can Figure Out What Words Mean and Use Them in Different Situations**

I can determine the meanings of unknown multiple-meaning words by using context clues.

I can determine the meanings of unknown words by using what I know about common Greek and Latin prefixes, suffixes and roots.

I can use print and computer dictionaries to help me find the pronunciations and clarify meanings of new words or phrases.

I can understand figurative language, word relationships and small shades of differences in word meanings.

I can explain the meaning of simple similes and metaphors in context.

I can recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages and proverbs.

I can understand words by relating them to their antonyms and synonyms.

I can figure out and use fourth grade words that show specific actions, emotions or states of being.

I can figure out and use fourth grade words that are centered around a specific topic.

__Writing__

**I Can Write Different Types of Writing**

I can use my point of view with reasons to share my opinion.

I can clearly write to inform and to explain my ideas.

I can write stories using a clear sequence of events and descriptive details.

**I Can Make My Writing Better**

I can produce clear, developed and organized writing.

I can write for different purposes, audiences and topics.

I can plan, revise and edit my writing with the help of peers and adults.

I can use technology to create pieces of writing and to interact and share ideas with others.

I can use appropriate keyboarding skills to type one page of my writing at a time, in a single sitting.

**I Can Use Research to Help My Writing**

I can conduct short research projects to help me learn about topics.

I can research and use what I have experienced to gather information.

I can take notes to help me organize the research in my writing.

I can provide a list of sources that I used for gathering information.

I can gather evidence from all my reading to support my writing.

I can write on a regular basis with stamina for different tasks, purposes, and audiences.

__Math__

**I Can Use the Four Operations to Help Me Understand Math**

I can understand that multiplication fact problems can be seen as comparisons of groups (e.g., 24 = 4 x 6 can be thought of as 4 groups of 6 or 6 groups of 4).

I can multiply or divide to solve word problems by using drawings or writing equations and solving for a missing number.

I can use what I know about addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to solve multi-step word problems involving whole numbers.

I can represent word problems by using equations with a letter standing for the unknown number.

I can determine how reasonable my answers to word problems are by using estimation, mental math and rounding.

I can find all factor pairs for a number from 1 to 100.

I can determine whether a given whole number up to 100 is a prime or composite number.

I can create a number or shape pattern that follows a given rule.

I can notice different features of a pattern once it is created by a rule.

**I Can Use Number Sense and Place Value to Help Me Understand Math**

I can recognize that in multi-digit whole number, a digit in one place represents ten times what it represents in the place to its right.

I can read and write larger whole numbers using numerals, words and in expanded form.

I can compare two large numbers using symbols to show the comparison.

I can round large whole numbers to any place.

I can add and subtract large numbers.

I can multiply a whole number up to four digits by a one-digit whole number.

I can multiply two two-digit numbers.

I can find whole-number quotients and remainders with up to four-digit dividends and one-digit divisors.

**I Can Use Fractions to Help Me Understand Math**

I can explain (and show models for) why multiplying a numerator and a denominator by the same number does not change the value of a fraction.

I can compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators by creating common denominators or numerators or by comparing them to a benchmark fraction like one-half.

I can recognize that comparisons of fractions are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole.

I can compare fractions using symbols and justify the comparison by using models.

I can understand that improper fractions have a greater numerator than denominator.

I can understand addition and subtraction of fractions as joining and separating parts referring to the same whole. I can decompose a fraction into a sum of fractions with the same denominator.

I can add and subtract mixed numbers with like denominators.

I can solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators.

I can multiply a fraction by a whole number.

I can solve word problems involving multiplication of a fraction by a whole number.

I can show a fraction with a denominator of 10 as an equivalent fraction with a denominator of 100 in order to add the two fractions.

I can use decimals to show fractions with denominators of 10 and 100.

I can compare two decimals to hundredths by reasoning about their size.

**I Can Use Measurement and Data to Help Me Understand Math**

I can show that I know the relative size of measurement units within a single system.

I can show the measurements of a larger unit in terms of smaller units and record these in a table.

I can use the four operations to solve word problems involving measurement; including simple fractions and decimals.

I can use what I know about area and perimeter to solve real world problems involving rectangles.

I can make a line plot to show measurements involving fractions.

I can solve problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions by using information presented in line plots.

I can recognize angles as geometric shapes where two rays share a common endpoint.

I can understand that angles are measured with reference to a circle, with its center at the common endpoint of the rays.

I can use a protractor to measure angles in whole-number degrees.

I can solve addition and subtraction problems involving angles.

**I Can Use Geometry to Help Me Understand Math**

I can identify and draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles and perpendicular & parallel lines.

I can classify two-dimensional shapes based on what I know about their geometrical attributes.

I can recognize and identify right triangles.

I can recognize and draw lines of symmetry.